BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Eric Ginsburg
Chair

Eric Ginsburg is the immediate past Clerk of the Friends Committee on National Legislation, a Quaker lobbying organization in the public interest. Eric previously spent 35 years with the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, serving as a senior policy advisor to EPA’s air pollution program. Eric holds degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, in Political Economy of Natural Resources and from the North Carolina Central University School of Law.

Erin Danford
Vice Chair, Treasurer

Erin Danford is vice chair of Kay Blada Recycling's board of directors and has been working with Blada since 2016, one of the organization's founding members. She is currently studying a Masters of Environmental Governance the University of Freiburg, Germany, and holds a BSc in Environmental Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Johnson "Blada" Desauguste
President

Blada is the founder and president of Kay Blada Recycling. He grew up in Haiti and moved to the United States with his wife, where he founded Kay Blada from Snow Camp, North Carolina. He travels back and forth to Haiti several times throughout the year, managing the program from North Carolina with help from the board of directors and staff in Haiti.

Robin Serne
Secretary

Robin is a grant writer and holds a bachelor’s degree from UNC Asheville in Environmental Studies, Management and Policy.  She has written and been awarded several grants, including a USDA grant for her previous farm, and more recently, several grants for a North Carolina wildlife shelter.  Robin plans to study environmental conservation, grant writing, and non-profit management in graduate school and serves as KBR's secretary.

Lunide Sylne
Board Member

Lunide is a biology major at UNC Chapel Hill. Lunide grew up in Haiti and is now studying in North Carolina. She is president of Kay Blada's student organization at UNC, and began serving as a board member in April 2018.

Devin Collins
Treasurer

Devin Collins is a Leveraged Finance Analyst at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, and holds a bachelors degree of business administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has also interned at Strata Solar and Enlight Research.

Kevin Reily
Board Member

Kevin Reily is president of Reily Recovery Systems, a post-industrial plastic recycling center in Haw River, North Carolina. The company's annual recycling output is more than two million pounds, 97 percent of which is returned to the manufacturing process. He serves as Kay Blada's technical advisor, and has been instrumental in procuring recycling equipment in Haiti.

Blair Pollock
Board Member

Blair Pollock is a solid waste planner for Orange County, NC.  He initiated public recycling programs in Orange County beginning in 1987, and is a national trainer for recycling managers for the Solid Waste Association of North America. Pollock holds a Master’s Degree in City and Regional Planning from UNC Chapel Hill, and serves as a board member.

Laura McKelvey
Board Member

Laura holds a BS in Natural Resource Management from the University of the South and a Master in Environmental Management from Duke University. She spent 3 years in the Peace Corps working with upland slash and burn farmers, mitigating soil erosion and introducing integrated farming techniques. Since 1989 she has worked for the US EPA’s Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, currently serving as a policy advisor.

Kay Blada Recycling

Phone: (336) 684-0432

Located in Hinche, Haiti and Chapel Hill, NC

EIN: 82-4964064

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